There’s hardly a greater feeling than taking some trail rigs, plenty of friends and supplies, and striking out for mountain adventure. Here in California, we have more than our fair share of ranges, trails, clubs, and other get-togethers perfect for the Jeep crowd; there’s hardly a shortage of weekend getaways to take part in with like-minded enthusiasts.
With June right around the corner, we can count on three things for right now: warmer temperatures, Big Bear Forest Fest 18, and Poison Spyder. All three will soon converge on the 19th through the 21st, as the Inland Empire 4 Wheelers (IE4W) Forest Fest kicks off and brings with it dozens of Wranglers all looking to conquer the terrain near Big Bear Lake.
Poison Spyder makes a point to get to this event and hang out with enthusiasts, and president Larry McRae and his wife Sherry are always down to join in the four-wheeling fun. Marketing director Dusty Sharp was able to share some information on the event and its ties to the company.
“Larry and Sherry are longtime members of the club that puts it on, and Larry was one of the people that first put it on back when it started,” said Sharp. “They go as members of the club and help with the organization of it, as well as host the BBQ dinner on Saturday night, lead trail runs, and donate to the raffle. They’re very committed to this club and try to make it special for everyone involved.”
Donations given to the club go a long way toward making off-roading viable here in the Golden State. As a matter of fact, since IE4W is a non-profit, it’s able to divert the funds from this and other events towards the fight against land closures and governmental litigation; it all means more muddy enjoyment for the rest of us, and that’s something we can all get behind.
“Poison Spyder tours the country all year long, and we view the Forest Fest as a homecoming,” said Sharp. “We look at it as kind of where our roots are, and we never miss it!” Dirt will fly and Jeeps will flex come June, so get your rig prepped and double-checked, check out the IE4W homepage for registration information, and stay tuned to all things Poison Spyder by visiting its website and Facebook page.